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The Common Gardening Tool That's Actually Hurting Your Plants
Despite its long-standing use, the spade may not be as beneficial as once thought. Dr. Stuart Farrimond argues in Science Focus that spades can actually disrupt soil ecosystems.
Tilling with a spade disturbs fungal networks, earthworm tunnels, and microbial communities. This can release greenhouse gasses and impact soil ecosystems significantly.
The no-till approach, using composting and mulching, prioritizes soil health without disturbing its structure. It provides essential nutrients and promotes healthy
plant growth.
This approach also saves time and effort, eliminating the need for labor-intensive spade work. Starting with a healthy soil base promotes garden health without unnecessary digging.